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ARCHERY: WHAT IS KEEPING YOU FROM TRYING IT?

DO YOU NEED TO BE STRONG TO DO THAT?

Absolutely not. Archery is more about technique than strength. Being really muscular can be considered a hindrance to being a top archer.  Check out the Korean ladies team who are considered the most successful Olympic archers of all time.  Their average body weight is 125 pounds.

ARCHERY MUST BE REALLY DANGEROUS

Archery is statistically one of the world’s safest sports. Archery is more than three times safer than golf, with just one injury for every 2,000 participants. In fact, over 90 percent of those injuries occurred while bowhunting, not target shooting.

Safety on the range starts with your first lesson. As long as you follow local laws (and shoot at a local range rather than your backyard) it’s a very safe activity.

MY EYESIGHT IS REALLY BAD

Not a problem. Aiming with your eyes is actually a smaller element of archery than you might think. Few sports let you wear your normal glasses – or any glasses – while competing at the highest level. There are archers who are completely blind who use additional tactile sighting equipment to shoot.

THERE ARE NOT MANY SPORTS WHERE YOU COULD DO THAT!!

IT’S REALLY EXPENSIVE!”

Only if you want it to be!

Most archery clubs will lend you equipment when you’re just starting. You can buy a basic bow, arrows, and accessories set up for a few hundred dollars, and it can last several years.  Almost everything is interchangeable and there is a second-hand market for archery equipment. Oh! And now it is easy to think of an ideal birthday or Christmas gift.

IT MUST GET BORING DOING THAT ALL DAY

Are you kidding me???  It’s never boring!! You are constantly improving your discipline, focus, and precision.

First, you need to decide which type of bow do you want to shoot:

  • compound
  • recurve
  • Barebow
  • or one of the dozens of traditional bows from around the world

Try them all!

What kind of tournament do you wish to try?

  • Target
  • Field
  • 3D
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor

You can shoot for a lifetime near home, or travel the country and the world competing. It’s one of the most social sports around.  It’s a great way to meet friends.

DON’T YOU HAVE TO WEAR GREEN?

Seriously, you need to check out all of the latest archery clothing.  From Chamo, which never goes out of style. (it could be green but comes many other colors) to fluorescent colors that are beautiful and keep you safe while hunting.

So what is your excuse to not try this sport that is growing in popularity every day?  We’ve tried to squash (also a sport but not nearly as good) all the usual ones we hear.  Come on!! Just give it a SHOT!!!!

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